Andre Ethier spent much of the 2014 season on the outside looking in. He began the year as a starting outfielder, then replaced Matt Kemp in center field before being relegated to a role off the bench as manager Don Mattingly settled on a outfield regularly consisted of Kemp, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig.
Ethier called it his most humbling season but to his credit, put his frustration aside for the betterment of the team. With the trying season now behind him, Ethier, along with his wife and four others, were inducted into the Arizona State Hall of Fame on Friday.
An Arizona native, Ethier played two seasons at ASU and finished with a .371 batting average, 118 RBIs, 113 runs, 14 home runs, 27 doubles and seven triples. He and his wife became the first husband-wife duo to be inducted into ASU’s Hall of Fame. Maggie Germaine Ethier starred as a gymnastics athlete for the Sun Devils.
Ethier’s play at the collegiate level made him a second-round selection (62nd overall) of the Oakland Athletics. He was traded to the Dodgers for outfielder Milton Bradley and infielder Antonio Perez in December of 2005 and made his Major-League debut in 2006.
Ethier developed a reputation with the Dodgers as a timely hitter that led to the “Captain Clutch” nickname being placed on him. He led the Majors with six walk-off hits in 2009, four of which were home runs and was voted MLB’s Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Pepsi.
What the future holds for Ethier is somewhat of an unknown. It’s difficult to envision the Dodgers carrying the same surplus of outfielders in 2015, though president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in his press conference he doesn’t exactly view the group as a problem.
Ethier is under contract through the 2017 season, and has a vesting option and buyout for 2018.
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